Dallas Cowboys Rumors: Johnny Manziel Confirms Interest, Robert Griffin III Better Option as Carson Wentz, Paxton Lynch Drafted for Tony Romo Help?

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Feb 03, 2016 09:28 AM EST
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Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel throws a pass during a 2015 game."

Let the Johnny Manziel rumors begin. After the Cleveland Browns released a statement expressing their disappointment in the quarterback following a number of off-the-field issues, Pat McManamon of ESPN.com is reporting the team will release the former first-round draft pick the second NFL rules allow them to. That will come in March meaning Manziel can sign with anyone in the league following that move. According to the quarterback, his future could be in Dallas.

According to ESPN's Ed Werder, Manziel has been telling people that the Cowboys are one of the teams that are interested in him. This is not necessarily a secret that the Cowboys are considered an option for the troubled quarterback. Owner Jerry Jones has admitted he came very close to drafting the Texas A&M star, but backed out at the last minute. Now the Cowboys have a chance to get Manziel for cheap and the quarterback believes it could happen.

Jones has been clear that the Cowboys need a quarterback. There is a lot of doubt surrounding how much longer Tony Romo can play in the league and getting someone to begin developing is key. Jones has made it clear the Cowboys will look at all avenues for help and free agency could be an option. That is where Manziel comes in. According to the Dallas Morning News, Cowboys officials will try to convince Jones not to sign Manziel and look elsewhere. Manziel's off-the-field issues certainly do not make him an attractive signing and the Cowboys' front office is hopeful that Jones recognizes that.

So where could Dallas look for quarterback help? According to former Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, Robert Griffin III will be the option. Cooley told the Washington Post that Griffin is going to Dallas. It appears Cooley is making more speculation than stating facts, but it is an option as the Redskins are expected to part ways with the quarterback this year. Griffin does not appear to be the best fit in Dallas in terms of style of play, but he certainly is an option. The quarterback has had success in the past, but injuries have hurt his ability to develop. He sat out the entire 2015 season and is now in need of a new home.

Of course there is always the draft for quarterback help. The Cowboys met with several prospects at the Senior Bowl considering they have the No.4 pick. NFL.com reports Carson Wentz, Jake Coker, Kevin Hogan and Dak Prescott all drew interest from the Cowboys who were part of the coaching staff. It seems unlikely the Cowboys would use that first-round pick for a quarterback, but stranger things have happened with Jones in control. 

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